Riley Morsman


Office:426 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Riley writes creative nonfiction, poetry, and inter-genre work that blurs the border between the two. Described by a colleague as their "lovely extroverted friend of the prairie," Riley is proud to hail from the Sunflower State. Although she grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, she was able to spend several years in the Flint Hills of central Kansas while attending Kansas State University – a place Riley deems is the true home of "spacious skies" and "amber waves of grain."

Unsurprisingly, both the prairie landscape and the concept of "home" find their way into Riley's writing often. Much of her recent work has focused on diversity and symbiosis within prairie species, humans as an inseparable part of the natural world, the beauty of childlike wonder, and the nuanced relationship between nature and nurture within families – all of which stems from Riley's Christian faith and subsequent awe in a God who is simultaneously an incomparable Creator and loving Father.